Wednesday, 9 November 2016

REVIEW // Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation

Their claim:
"Smooth as satin. Our dreamy foundation protects, moisturises and creates the look of firmer skin. Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing medium to full coverage."

My thoughts: 
After being approached last month by an Arbonne rep to try out and review one of their current products, I decided on a foundation: the Perfecting Liquid Foundation, in Alabaster to be exact! It was difficult to decide, they have a lot of lovely looking products on their site – I have to admit I wanted to try them all!
Part of the reason I agreed to do it is that although I know my reviews are really thorough and (I hope) useful, I think I have chosen a lot of products that are already hyped and well known. Arbonne is a brand I’ve been aware of for a while but have never tried.
I’ve been using the foundation for the last 3 week, for at least 4 days out of 7. As I went, I was jotting down notes at various times of day; when I applied (usually in the morning around 6:30am), anything I noticed during the day (around lunchtime) and when I was makeup-removing at the end of the day (around 10pm usually). 

I was writing short, bullet-ed points each day so I decided they should be the main points of the review, with a little more explanation where needed!;

The redness from my spot was completely covered, but my freckles still shone through - Win!

"Shade - Alabaster (closest to MAC shade NW13)"
I found the shade to be almost identical to my MAC Mineralized Foundation in the shade NW13. They offer this foundation in 15 shades, with varied tones. I think they have a great selection and unlike a LOT of brands (even high-end ones) their lightest shade (the one I tried) was definitely a true, very fair porcelain. Win! This is a BIG factor for me in Autumn & Winter.

"Very good first impression!"
I wrote this three times on the first day! I hold my hands up, I didn’t have a clue what to expect when trying this foundation, or the brand in general, but from the first application, I was very impressed, as you’ll see…!

"Nice glow - not over the top, natural"
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a lover of the natural glow, but I think we’ve all been guilty of taking it a little too far in the name of ‘dewiness’, but this foundation gave me such a lovely natural glow! Usually this comes with a super-light (or at least light) coverage, but as this stuff is medium-full coverage, I was amazed at the skin-like look it gave me! Even with my dry winter skin setting in a now.

"Didn't oxidise during the day (didn’t turn darker or orange-y)"
Time after time I apply a new foundation and feel a wave of joy when it ticks all the boxes at first, but a wave of disappointment when it starts to darken/oxidise during the day, and develop the horrible dried, orange look that’s particularly an issue with higher coverage foundations and conconcealer. But this one really didn’t! I was holding out extra hope for this one, as the shade was perfectly light enough for my pale skin on first application. Luckily I didn’t notice any colour change throughout the day, which I was ecstatic about.

"SPF- Win!"
I’m not always the best at remembering SPF, although I know I definitely should! I think this is because applying a pre-foundation product with SPF can sometimes mess with and weight down the foundation application, or worse, make it slide and slip during the day. So when I noticed there was an SPF of 15 in this Arbonne foundation, it was an immediate plus point, for time-saving and application, as well as lasting wear!

"Medium to full coverage - build-able and comfortable"
My favourite type of coverage – medium build-able! I’ll admit, there are times when barely-there light coverage is a must, but mostly I like the flexibility of medium build-able. This foundation was really true to description in terms of coverage, and too boot, it was really lightweight and not at all thick! Love. It!

Ashamedly, not something I look for enough in my makeup but it’s definitely becoming more and more of a requirement in the beauty world – and rightly so!

"Easy to spread/blend; I tried with beauty blender, brush and fingers."
The blend-ability is normally down to coverage level with a lot of foundation, but as I mentioned earlier, this blended beautifully! And although I almost always use my trusty beauty blender to apply foundation, I thought it would make the test fairer to try with a brush and using fingers too. Second from the Beauty Blender, I’d say using my fingers was my close 2nd favourite. Using a brush was still effortless but did require a once over with my blender when I built up the coverage to full; this is fairly standard though.

Have you tried anything from the Arbonne range yet? Let me know what you tried & your thoughts in the comments!


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Review | Charlotte Tilbury - Dolce Vita Palette

I'd been drooling over this palette for months before my lovely sister Stacey bought it for my birthday (thanks Stace!). I'd seen it all over Instagram, along with the rest of the beautiful Charlotte Tilbury collection and knew it had to be mine! I have grey-blue eyes and I find that warm oranges, reds and browns really make them 'pop' (although I hate that phrase...), so I knew as soon as I saw the colour combination that this was going to become my Autumn-Winter go to!

Firstly, I wanted to address the amazing packaging - I really almost didn't want to use the product because it looked so pretty! There are 4 eye shadows that are perfectly presented in a dark maroon and gold palette. The palette itself is compact and will be great for travelling with! There is a mirror (hurray!) and the overall feel of the product is comfortable 'weighty' and has a definite premium feel! The price tag does unfortunately match the premium feel as it is priced at £38, containing approx 5.2g of product (which seems good for a small palette!).

Onto the shadow! They're all technically in the 'shimmer' category, I suppose, although all but the glitter shade are more metallic on application. The shades don't have names, per se, and are simply labelled on the back of the palette as:

1 – Prime
A creamy, champagne shade that's great for a base for a simple look, or something more dramatic!
2 – Enhance
A super-velvety reddish-terracotta colour - the showstopper shade for me!
3 – Pop
An amazing Gold/Bronze glitter that isn't at all gritty or 'draggy' on the eye like some cheaper shadows.
4 – Smoke
A deep, warm brown with a subtle gold metallic undertone. Great for a more sultry, smokier look.

All four of the shades apply really well (like you'd expect for the price...), and have a really premium feel and lasting wear. I have tried a few time to apply the glitter and red shade with a dampened brush (I just used a setting spray) and it makes the colours reaaaaally intense - which obviously I love! Sometimes more red-toned shadows seem to be a nightmare to blend, but I honestly never have a problem with the enhance shade which is a definite reddish beauty!

In conclusion, if you're looking for a day-to-night, high end all in one - this is the palette for you!

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